Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office warning about phone scam

Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office warning about phone scam

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Baxter County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam that has recently popped up in the area.

According to a press release from the sheriff's department, deputies have received several complaints from citizens about the callers.

It's been reported that someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service is calling residents and saying they are facing arrest by the sheriff's department within the next two hours unless they do something, like sending payments of providing information.

"These calls are fraudulent scams and are not coming from the IRS," the press release stated. "The sheriff's office does not become involved in any collection efforts on behalf of the IRS."

According to the IRS website, they have received reports of about 896,000 of calls like this since October 2003. They know of over 5,000 victims who have paid more than $26.5 million collectively to the scam.

The IRS lists five ways to tell when someone is trying to scam you.

The IRS will never do the following:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes you owe without first having mailed you a bill
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card
  4. Ask for a credit or debit card number over the phone
  5. Threaten to bring in local police to have you arrested for not paying

So, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, do not give out any information.

If you think you may owe a tax, you can call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

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